Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel. – The Song of Simeon (aka, The Nunc Dimittis, Luke 2:29-32)
This coming Sunday will include the blessing of candles and light bulbs! This is a tradition that stems from the part of the above text where Simeon sings about how Jesus is a light to reveal the Lord to the nations. As such, the Church thought it a good day to bless the longest used light giving instruments: candles.
Usually, this is done on, or close to, February 2 as that marks 40 days after Christmas, the day when Simeon sang his Canticle. We know this is the date because we cross-reference Luke 2:22 with Leviticus 12:2-4 which outlines the date for the purification of Mary, the mother God. As it was a mass where candles were blessed, it became known as Candlemas.
Bring candles and light bulbs you want to have blessed this Sunday.
Also, we will be using my favorite setting for the Eucharist: Of the Land and Seasons. I look forward to seeing you at worship!
God continue to be with you!
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+